The Big Bear Lake sits about 100 miles from Los Angeles and 90 miles away from Palm Springs. The nearest airport to go to the lake is from Palm Springs. Elevated at 6,000 feet it can present some challenges compared to sea level experience.
Why travel to Big Bear Lake?Big Bear Lake pacts in recreational activities both for the family and adrenaline junkies who want to get away from the city buzz. The area has the charm of a small town that time forgot, even though the name implies ‘Big’ it’s relatively small and you cannot get lost in it. Its main city center is called ‘The Village’ and it still has cobbled streets, where you can find restaurants, cafes, and other novelty shops. The weather in the area is just perfect for year-round activities that your family will surely enjoy. For most schools, Spring Break falls somewhere in between the end of winter and the start of spring season. Going to Big Bear Lake during this time is perfect for the kids to enjoy a few snow activities like snow tubing, skiing, snowboarding, and sledding. The annual snow falls in the area is at 75 inches, this makes Big Bear Lake popular for ski fanatics.
Here is a list of activities that your family can enjoy in Spring Time
Village Sweet Shoppe
Before heading up to do some activities pack you family with some sugar to fuel their energy. The Village Sweet Shoppe has everything that sweet junkies crave for and for a reasonable price. You can find an assortment of old time favorites and other candies that you can try. The place is always packed with kids and adults alike.
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For your inner need for speed personality, try zipping at 45 mph. Facilities usually have instructors to guide you on how to do it properly and more importantly, safely. It’s best to get that go-pro out and take some pictures while at it. The ride usually last about 20 seconds so don’t forget to smile and feel the cool breeze.
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Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain
Kids will definitely some action of tubing and sledding in the snow. The two quarter-mile-long concrete tracks will let riders go on a chairlift and travel the course in controlled bobsleds. You may need to sign a waiver for this activity but don’t get disheartened. You get a superb view of the Big Bear Lake from the top. They offer a fast or slow track for you to choose from. Children ages 2 to 6 can ride free but with an adult to supervise them.
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Big Bear Alpine Zoo At Moonridge
Why go to Big Bear Lake if you won’t see a big bear right? The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is more of a rehabilitation and sanctuary for the animals rather than a zoo. They even raise environmental awareness for visitors. Here you get to see some of the rescued animals they cared for. The best time to go to the zoo is during their feeding time tours. It is when caretakers share some information about the animals.
Bear MountainThe Mammoth Mountain Ski Area owns the Bear Mountain and one of the popular destinations for snowboarders in the region. It features the only massive pipe in Southern California where snowboarders can practice and show off their stunts. They also have Little Bear for children ages 3 to 7 where professional can teach your little ones snowboarding 101.
Big Bear LakeSpring is a great way to spend day boating or kayaking. Fortunately, the Big Bear Lake has a number of marinas, where some offers kayak or boat rentals. Other water activities in the lake include jet skiing, paddle boarding, and windsurfing to name a few. If you want to go swimming, you need to go to McGill Swim Beach the only official public swimming location.
Other activities in Big Bear Lake include boating, biking, and fishing. While these activities are tempting, you can just sit back, relax and just do nothing. Spring weather is perfect for lounging in either the shorelines of the lake of in a café enjoying some al fresco snacks.
On the bright side, Big Bear Lake offers activities year-round; the busiest season for the area is during the skiing season. This runs from late December until the last few weeks of February. Another popular time in the area is when they host Oktoberfest.
Champion Lodgepole Pine
To get some fresh air, take the time to stroll through the Champion Lodgepole Pine. It’s a very short and easy hike even for the kids. The hike usually is only about a mile, round trip and most of the trails are covered with forest canopy. The main attraction is the huge Lodgepole Pine that stands in the area. Kids will enjoy exploring the trees and climbing some of the rocks in the area. A great way to enjoy a leisure walk with the family.
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